A Hays County jury last week sentenced Daniel Tovar to 55 years in prison following his conviction for stabbing a San Marcos woman.
Judge Jack Robinson imposed the sentence with a judicial finding that Tovar is a member of the Texas Syndicate. The Texas Syndicate is a prison gang engaging in numerous criminal enterprises including narcotics trafficking, human smuggling, and murder, according to the Hays County District Attorney’s Office. Robinson’s finding was intended to ensure Tovar is placed in solitary confinement for the duration of his sentence.
Tovar, a 29-year-old from San Marcos, must serve a minimum of half his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
According to the DA’s Office, Tovar has a violent criminal history, including a 2010 robbery in Austin in which the victim was bound, beaten, and stabbed. In 2009, Tovar stabbed an individual that resulted in a cut artery that almost led to the person’s death.
Tovar had previously served an eight-year prison sentence stemming from a 2001 spree of home burglaries in Hays, Guadalupe, and Comal counties.
In Hays County, Tovar was previously convicted of three counts of burglary of a habitation and two counts of theft in 2001, engaging in organized criminal activity in 2001, failure to identify a fugitive and giving false information to police in 2005, cocaine possession in 2008, and assault in 2008. He pleaded guilty to and received deferred adjudication for engaging in organized criminal activity and unauthorized use of a vehicle in 2000. Previous criminal charges against Tovar involving property and drug offenses in Hays County have been dismissed and he has been acquitted of a drug charge.
Assistant District Attorneys Amy Lockhart and Ben Moore prosecuted the most recent case against Tovar. Defense attorney Victorea Brown represented him.